"Intelligent and Distributed Reconfigurable System-on-Chip Sensor Networks for Space Applications --- An Introduction to ESPACENET"

T.Vladimirova1, X.Wu1, C.P.Bridges1, T.Arslan2, N.Haridas2, E.Yang2, A.T.Erdogan2, N.Barton2, A.J.Walton2, J.S.Thompson2, A.Stoica2, 3, K.D.McDonald-Maier4, and
W.G.J. Howells5

1University of Surrey
2University of Edinburgh
3NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4University of Essex
5University of Kent


ESPACENET is a joint project funded by the British research council, EPSRC, under grant EP/C546318/1. This project aims to develop flexible, reconfigurable, evolvable, and intelligent multi-spacecraft sensing networks for aerospace-based monitoring and diagnostics. Developing such a complex engineering system will directly benefit from technical advancements in ad hoc networking, MEMS devices, low-power electronics, adaptive and reconfigurable hardware, micro-spacecraft, micro-sensors, and etc. It involves four UK Universities - University of Surrey, University of Edinburgh, University of Essex, and University of Kent together with industrial partners such as Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), EPSON and Spiral Gateway.  

In this paper we will introduce initial development related to the specification and modelling of a networked pico-satellite constellation in terms of sensors, network architecture, inter-satellite links (ISL), hardware/software architecture, distributed computing and test-bed. The feasibility of such a pico-satellite constellation will also be discussed.


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